There is an interesting post over at The Glamorous Life by Jenni Holbrook-Talty about where in our creative heads the muse and the critic sit. She suggests, following on from research by a psychologist whose name has more consonants than a famous German philosopher, that they occupy opposite sides of the brain.
Now to complete a piece of creative work, we need both sides of our brain. However, these sides, the muse and the critic, don’t help each other out. So we need to first use the right side, the muse, and then the left side, the critic.
This sounds like plain and simple advice and it is, but how often have you sat down to do something and immediately said either ‘you can’t do that’ or ‘that’s not the way to do it’? Or come up with an idea for a story and before your first summary sentence is complete you’re editing it? I know I constantly struggle with this. Although there are one or two other deep issues that the awkward named psychologist could uncover when it comes to my inner voice!
There is a lot more in the article about how to work with the muse and the critic but you’ll need to follow the link below for that. In the meantime I’m off to have an idea and not edit it until the right side of my brain needs to take a break and have a cup of tea.
Read the full article here